Health Editor’s Note: I would like to see the new 50 pence coins in person. Here in the U.S., we seem to seldom use coins. First of all, they are heavy and will weigh down a purse. Personally, I usually feel rushed while checking out of a store and do not take the time to make the correct change by using coins. Also, with the use of credit cards, touching money at all is unnecessary. I think we are losing some of our culture….Carol
Three Ferocious Dinosaurs Featured on New U.K. Coins
by Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com
Over the years, the United Kingdom’s 50 pence coin has paid tribute to an array of intriguing figures who have made an important impact on the history of Great Britain, including the suffragettes, Roger Barrister and Peter Rabbit. But the latest design to come out of the Royal Mint takes inspiration from the nation’s very, very distant history; as Isaac Schultz reports for Atlas Obscura, the institution has announced a series of 50 pence coins depicting three dinosaurs discovered in modern-day Britain.
Millions of years ago, the region is now known as Britain was home to an array of dinosaur species. The first three to be found by paleontologists were the Megalosaurus, the Iguanodon, and the Hylaeosaurus, which are the three dinos depicted in the Royal Mint’s new collection.
Coins featuring the Megalosaurus, a carnivorous theropod named by the British paleontologist William Buckland in 1824, are already available. According to Sophie Gallagher of the Independent, March will see the release of coins dedicated to the Iguanodon, a large, plant-eating dinosaur named by the paleontologist Gideon Mantell in 1825. The Hylaeosaurus, an armored, quadrupedal herbivore also named by Mantell, will make its appearance on the 50 pence in April.
The dinosaurs featured on the coins played…